About The Book:
Sheetal Prasad, a glamorous, twenty-two-year-old oil painter, is the envy of Raigun, India. Her homeland, now modern and global, at last allows women to marry for love, and Sheetal is determined to wed her college sweetheart. Her parents, however, insist she fulfill her familial duty, preserve their honor, and marry millionaire Rakesh Dhanraj—or be cast out forever.
The alliance of the Prasad and Dhanraj families drowns Sheetal in a web of lies, deceit, and betrayal. In her plan to sever this marriage and escape, Sheetal uncovers numerous devastating secrets that threaten to bring down the two family dynasties. When the Dhanraj’s tyranny threatens her son, Sheetal has no choice but to protect the boy at all costs, burning down the façade of her abusive marriage and empowering herself to break free of all bondages.
Sheetal is now married to someone she does not love, Rakish. Her parents insisted on this marriage. She had hoped to marry her high school sweetheart. But, her life is not her own. And she is now trapped in a marriage full of lies and deception.
Rakish is definitely an enigma. I didn’t know where his brain or his heart was most of the time. One minute he acts like he loves Sheetal and then the next…! But, she is not completely innocent either. Now, keep in mind this is a different culture. But, I wanted to teach her a lesson or two about graciousness. She acted a bit spoiled in places. But, she is in a unique situation that is very uncommon in my world. So, I gave her some leeway. Rakish I did not…I wanted to really do some damage to him!
I love how the author brings to light so many issues in this area of the world. This is probably the main part of this story which resonated the most. The differences between the men and women, the family dictations, the wealth and the poverty are all well displayed in this tale.
There is so much that I enjoyed about this book. The location, the culture, and the intensity. I did get a bit frustrated with the characters in places. But, I just couldn’t stop reading about them! I enjoy a book which can override my frustrations with a fabulous story!
Need a book set in a different culture with unique family situations…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today.
I received this novel from the author for a honest review.
About The Author:
Fiction author, international freelance journalist, blogger and former newspaper reporter, Anju was born in India but grew up in British Hong Kong. She was first published at the age of seven in Hong Kong’s leading English language newspaper, South China Morning Post, won an essay competition shortly after and filled numerous diaries with poems. The writing bug continued to bite, and Anju pursued her passion as a freelance journalist while globetrotting with her husband and raising two kids.
Anju’s Indian upbringing and British education had a profound influence on her writing and she describes growing up in colonial Hong Kong: living ‘Bend It Like Beckham’ but without the soccer. A fitness-freak, Anju admits she is no athlete. An avid blogger, Anju loves to travel, read and share great fiction reads and Holly-Bollywood mashups. Forever in pursuit of the next best vegetarian cuisine, Anju enjoys fusion-cooking and can often be found creating new dishes with Western-Indian ingredients and the same zest and synergy she blends in every story.
Anju’s fiction explores how the distinct mindsets and traditions of different cultures shape people’s values, thinking, and behavior patterns—for both good and evil—despite the leveling effects of 21st century communication and travel.
Anju earned a Bachelors degree in English Literature in India, followed by a teaching degree in the United Kingdom. She also studied Creative Writing in Australia and has been published in cover stories, fiction, feature, news, interviews, travel, perspective pieces, blogs and more across Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Australia and the U.S. Anju finally dug her roots in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A., with her husband, 2 dashing boys and a rebel lion-head rabbit.
I love books about other cultures and religions. Oh, what you can learn. It sounds like a very intriguing read even though unfortunately I don’t have the time to read it right now. So behind on reviews, lol.
I feel you on that!! I am so far behind!!! 🤦🏻♀️🤷🏻♀️
Hehe, and it’s not likely to change anytime soon. 🙂
No ma’am it is not!